Q. Hi, I have just retired under FERS after 34.5 years at the U.S. Postal Service. I understand that Social Security will penalize me if I earn more than $17,640 per year. I know they take $1 for every $3 that I earn over that amount. Do I just lose that money?
Q. If I’m approved for FERS disability retirement and I’m also accepted for Social Security Disability Insurance, would I be able to work part-time in the civilian work force, or is there no working allowed at all?
Q. I am looking to accept a position in the GS system. I was retired as a direct result of armed conflict with 21 years active duty. Will all of those years count toward my FERS retirement? Do I have to buy any back? I just want to know how long I would have to work before I could retire again and receive the FERS retirement. I am 46 now.
Q. I am a FERS employee with 18 years of service. I am retired military with 20 years of service that I bought back soon after I became a FERS employee. I turn 56 this year. Am I entitled to the special retirement supplement and, if so, how would I calculate the amount? My question is based on guidance I was provided that stated the requirement for the SRS is “Retirement at MRA with 30 years” or “Retirement at age 60 with 20 years” … but only true FERS time counts, not military time.
Q. I receive 100 percent Department of Veterans Affairs disability, and also receive military retirement pay after 20 years service. I’m currently a Department of Defense employee under FERS, and will retire with 15 years service at 62. Will my Social Security pay be impacted in any way?
Q. I recently turned 62. Four years ago, I had my disability retirement approved by the United States Postal Service. Unfortunately, Social Security did not approve my disability and I didn’t receive any monthly benefit until I turned 62 and that was at the non-disability dollar rate. Does my USPS disability retirement monthly annuity increase to what a voluntary immediate retirement is? And, since I turned 62 several months ago, will the Office of Personnel Management process a lump sum payment to cover those several months?
Q. I retired as a master sergeant in the Army with 25 years of active-duty service. I currently collect my Army retirement check and disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have been a FERS GG-12 for nine years. I believe I can buy back my military retirement time with interest and that would be added to my civilian FERS time. When do I have to relinquish my military retirement check: when I retire into FERS or when I have bought back my time?
Q. I am MRA +10 and want to postpone receipt of my FERS annuity until I turn 62. My agency says if I choose to “postpone” I can’t retire but have to resign and contact the Office of Personnel Management six months before my 62nd birthday. How do I “retire and postpone” instead of resign?